Upcoming Performances

Gala Durham 2023, Ballet Black: Pioneers

Date: 25 Oct 2023
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Gala Durham


Now in their 21st year, Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black is excited to present award-winning choreographers, Will Tuckett and Mthuthuzeli November in a double bill of new and original work in Ballet Black: Pioneers.

Will Tuckett’s Then Or Now, originally created in 2020, blends classical ballet, music and the poetry of Adrienne Rich to ask the question: in times like these, where do we each belong?

“…the piece feels above all like a call for respect across any and all divides.” The Telegraph

The second piece on the bill is devised by award-winning choreographer, Mthuthuzeli November. Nina: By Whatever Means, is inspired by the artistry and activism of Nina Simone. November weaves a skilful picture of Simone’s turbulent and influential life to take us on an emotional and empowering journey.

Age guidance: 7+

Advisory: contains scenes of domestic violence and racism as well as flash photography (strobe light) and haze.

Running time:

Act 1 – Then Or Now: 34 minutes (approx.)
Interval: 20 minutes
Act 2 – NINA: By Whatever Means: 40 minutes (approx.)

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